Wednesday, September 25, 2019

CFL Week 16 predictions! (CFL)

TTS should have gone 4-0 in last week's picks, but as is the case sometimes, a CFL referee changed the course of the Winnipeg/Montreal game, throwing a wrench into our perfect week. With that having been said, let's jump right into Week 16!

1) Hamilton @ Winnipeg

The Bombers are back at home, and face a huge test this week. Coming off a game in Montreal where the officials got a huge play wrong and cost them the game, the Bombers need to reload and take it to the Tiger-Cats, the game being a likely preview of this year's Grey Cup. Hamilton is good, but Winnipeg will be angry, and hungry. Expect them to win by a score.

PICK: Blue Bombers

2) Edmonton @ Ottawa

Something is fundamentally wrong with the RedBlacks, as this week's battle of the losing streaks will see one team end theirs, while the other one continues the downward spiral. I don't think anything can help the RedBlacks now, especially after getting thumped by B.C. last week.

PICK: Eskimos

3) Saskatchewan @ Toronto

Sorry Argos, but this doesn't look good for you at all.

PICK: Roughriders

4) Montreal @ B.C.

Vernon Adams Jr. is suspended for this game (should have been more), and the B.C. offence has come alive recently, and in dramatic fashion.

PICK: Lions

BYE: Calgary

SEASON: 43-14

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Antonio Brown redux. (NFL)

Just when everyone thought the Antonio Brown sideshow might finally take a back seat to some actual football, it's back, and in our faces once again.

Almost two weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders (who had paid a lot of money to sign Brown and make him a central part of the team released Brown due to infighting and incidents with management. Originally supposed to be suspended, Brown had apologized, before being shown the door, his contract with the team voided on the spot.

Later in the day, it was announced that Brown had quickly signed with the New England Patriots, and was expected to start, instead sitting until the next game. All of a sudden, he was accused of sexual assault, with the accuser meeting with the NFL and furthering the issue. The Patriots (more specifically Bill Belichick) declined most comments, insisting that everything would work out.

Now, almost a week later, Brown has been suddenly released by the Patriots, who have gone on record saying that they are 'going in a different direction.' Antonio Brown is little more than a side show, and at best a distraction. He has the talent and athleticism to continue to be the biggest star WR in the league today, but continues to make everything about him, to the chagrin of NFL teams.

I personally don't think it's wise for any NFL team to sign him, as he has proven to be disruptive and uncooperative to whichever team he plays on. This is such a waste, given the talent I have already mentioned. It's not known what's next for Brown, but one can only hope he cleans up his act and takes a long, hard look in the mirror. The ends don't justify the means in this case, as one man's selfishness and arrogance (not to mention ego) will always be there to hold him back from greatness, should be really want to achieve it in the long run.

Football is a team sport, and perhaps this needs to be communicated to Brown, before it's too late.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

CFL Week 15 predictions! (CFL)

We're back to a full four-game schedule this week in the CFL, so let's get started, shall we?

1) Calgary @ Toronto

As awesome as Toronto's big win two weeks ago was, and despite the fact that the Argos have had a bye week to rest up, I still see them coming up short against the Stamps. Beating a confused and directionless Ottawa team is one thing, but Calgary is more complete, and should come out on top.

PICK: Stampeders

2) Hamilton @ Edmonton

The Esks had so much promise when the season started, and seemed to be going nowhere but up. As of late, they have been lacklustre on offence, and their defence looks out of touch right now. The Tabbies will take advantage of this.

PICK: Tiger-Cats

3) Winnipeg @ Montreal.

Andrew Harris returns after a two week suspension, and has something to prove. He and QB Streveler will put on a show in Montreal. The Bomber defence will also keep rolling as well.

PICK: Blue Bombers

4) B.C. @ Ottawa

If this game was earlier in the season, I would take Ottawa. Unfortunately, the RedBlacks are turning into a bigger mess than the Lions at the moment (who'd thought it possible?), while the Lions are coming off their second win of the season, giving the team a boost. Look for Lions' QB Mike Reilly to keep the momentum going.

PICK: Lions

BYE: Saskatchewan

SEASON: 40-13

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The NFL hospital is filling up - already! (NFL)

Week two has just concluded in the NFL, and we already have several star players out with injury. It didn't take long for all of this to happen, and it's thrown several teams into instant turmoil to start the season, possibly derailing their 2019 campaigns entirely.

Here are the most notable injuries so far:

Drew Brees. The New Orleans pivot suffered a thumb injury in the Saints' loss to the Rams. It looks like he's damaged the ligaments in said thumb, and stands to be out at least four weeks, if not six. This is Drew Brees, however, and he should be back in record time. Good thing that, because Teddy Bridgewater (as much as I like the guy) hasn't found his groove.

Sam Darnold/Trevor Siemian. Things are going from bad to worse for the Jets. Darnold is already out for six weeks after coming down with mono, and now Trevor Siemian is out with an ankle injury suffered in last night's loss versus the Browns. (Yes, the BROWNS!) The Jets are down to their thrid-stringer, and it looks pretty messy to say the least.

Big Ben. Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year, needing Tommy John surgery (this happens in football?) to fix his damaged elbow. Hear that? That's the sound of head coach Mike Tomlin breathing heavily and pacing around the room....

While it is only two weeks into the 2019 campaign, major injuries like these can easily derail a team's season quite easily. The Jets are a mess on both sides of the ball right now, and they may not recover well enough to do anything. There is hope for the Saints, and if Bridgewater can play well in the next couple of weeks and win some games, the Saints will be in decent shape when Brees returns. As for the Steelers, they look flat, period. Losing Big Ben was the worst thing that could happen to that team. They really need to start getting younger, and that needs to happen at QB first and foremost. Big Ben needs to retire, and let the youth movement break through.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Take aways from the first week of the 2019 NFL season. (NFL)

The soap opera that is the NFL didn't take long (as usual) to give us some drama and whatnot in the first week of the season. TTS looks at some of the juicy items on the menu, and breaks down what it means at the moment.

Here goes!

1) Antonio Brown. Where to begin with this man? The whole off-season and pre-season huff about his helmet finally starts to die down. Then what happens? He gets into a tiff with his GM, is almost disciplined and suspended, before Jon Gruden goes out and says that, "Brown has apologized and will start on Week One."

Brown then promptly gets released by the Raiders (voiding his massive contract), and that's the end of it, right? Nope. In a move that smells of the usual new England tomfoolery, he gets signed by the Patriots and is pegged to start against the Steelers, the end. (Oh, you thought it as over?) Nope, not done yet! He wasn't in the line-up, and not 24 hours later, has a huge lawsuit thrown at him over allegations (not overly surprised here) of rape and such. Brown is an overpriced train-wreck, and shouldn't be playing on any NFL team. No one needs that level of selfish side-show antics. Period.

2) Nick Foles, we hardly knew you. The Jacksonville starting QB signed a mega-deal over the off season to become the Jags' starter, and things were finally looking up for the team. Then, Week 1 happened, and Nick Foles broke a collarbone and will be out indefinitely. This almost mirrors what happens to 49ers' QB Jimmy Garoppolo last year, tearing his ACL in Week 3, also after signing a rich contract. Not good at all.

3) Rusted Steel. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate the Steelers almost as much as I hate the Patriots. Problem is, they usually have an awesome defence, and I drafted them in my fantasy football league (being smart here, instead of angry) for the season. What happens? They looked so bad against New England it wasn't even funny. A group of six-year-olds with a football could have diced them up and run up the score.

You'd think I'd be happy about this, but as I said: I HATE THE PATRIOTS MORE!

4) Cleveland Browns. Bahahahahaha! That is all.

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CFL Week 14 predictions! (CFL)

Well, it's Week 14 in the CFL, and it happens to be yet another one of those three game schedules, with three teams on bye (who's in charge of that, anyways?). If we're all really lucky, the league will do a better job with scheduling next season. Aside from all of that, let's get started with our picks for Week 14!

1) Ottawa @ B.C.

This one will be ugly, and it's almost a toss-up as to who will win this game. Johnathon Jennings makes his return to the B.C., while the Lions will be trying to get anything going at this point. Whoever commits the fewest mistakes wins this game, and I honestly think it's B.C. this time.

PICK: Lions

2) Hamilton @ Calgary

This one is a tough call, as Calgary is starting to roll, and Hamilton has been in a nice rhythm for some time. That being said, Hamilton is coming off a bye week, and Calgary might just keep up their win streak. It will be close, but the Stamps should pull it out at home, this time.

PICK: Stampeders

3) Montreal @ Saskatchewan

I have been big on the Alouettes this season, even going so far to say they'd stay near or at the top of the East division this year. They are, but this week might not go as planned for them. The Roughriders are coming off a humiliating defeat against the Blue Bombers last week, and are at home. They will want blood, and lots of it.

PICK: Roughriders

BYE: Winnipeg, Toronto, Edmonton

SEASON: 37-13

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CFL Week 13 predictions! (CFL)

Last week didn't go as planned, and would have been a disaster for TTS had the Tiger-Cats not come back and beat the Argos. Also, the Eskimos don't seem to know how the red zone works, and we're tired of picking them only to watch an implosion on the field.

This week looks more promising, so let's begin!

1) B.C. @ Montreal

A bunch of Lions walk into a Montreal bar, and....ouch. This one could ugly fast. The Alouettes should win at home, and put some points up in the process.

PICK: Alouettes

2) Toronto @ Ottawa

Both teams have lost three in a row, but the Argos have almost won in the last few weeks, and come up short. This time, they should prevail over a RedBlacks team that is largely inconsistent on offence and defence. Johnathon Jennings notwithstanding.

PICK: Argonauts

3) Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and this one will be very cold. After losing a close one against the 'Riders in Saskatchewan last week, expect the Bombers to play with a little more heart after that gut-check, and kick some ass at home. It won't be a runaway, but they'll come out on top.

PICK: Blue Bombers

4) Calgary @ Edmonton

Bo Levi Mitchell was solid in his return last week, handily beating the anemic Eskimo offence. He'll do it again this week, and the Esks' red zone problems will get worse.

PICK: Stampeders

BYE: Hamilton

SEASON: 33-13

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